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  • La Classe Enfantine. by (EDUCATION). (EDUCATION). ~ La Classe Enfantine. Paris: N.K. Atlas [c. 1910].
    A wonderful toy schoolroom box complete with numerous paper and other accessories: an abacus, miniature chalkboards, steel rule, a steel dipping pen (with box of… (more)

    A wonderful toy schoolroom box complete with numerous paper and other accessories: an abacus, miniature chalkboards, steel rule, a steel dipping pen (with box of additional nibs), exercise books (partially completed), drawing book, copybooks, various merit points and certificates for good work, a ribbon rosette and a wire-framed floral crown. The lid illustrates a schoolroom for girls. Educational game manufacturer NK Atlas was founded by Leon Nicolas and Charles Keller at 23 rue Atlas, Paris from around 1900.

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  • [The Game of ‘Bis-bis’ or ‘48’]. by (GAME). (GAME). ~ [The Game of ‘Bis-bis’ or ‘48’]. [?Basque region, Saint Sébastien, c. 1865].
    Manuscript and watercolour maquettes for an apparently unpublished game, including a portion of a folding game mat (on linen), a sheet of counters (uncut, on… (more)

    Manuscript and watercolour maquettes for an apparently unpublished game, including a portion of a folding game mat (on linen), a sheet of counters (uncut, on parchment), numerous drawings and sketches as trials for the game positions (on paper and tracing paper, some coloured) and several sheets of manuscript instructions in French and Spanish. The game seems to have been a type of lotto, with parchment counters (corresponding to game positions) which were to be placed in a spherical wooden ‘bank’ for shuffling, before being drawn by the players.
    The game’s origin in a French household at Saint Sébastien is indicated by the use of numerous scraps of waste paper from the French Consul’s office there ― perhaps it was made by a member of his own family or staff. The sketches are highly accomplished and carefully rendered, often with several preliminary sketches before reduction in gouache to the size of the parchment game counters.

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  • Loto. by (MINIATURE). (MINIATURE). ~ Loto. [France, c. 1910].
    A miniature lotto set, rare complete with all the printed cards and counters. (more)

    A miniature lotto set, rare complete with all the printed cards and counters.

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  • De la Passion du jeu, depuis les temps anciens jusqu’a nos jours. by DUSAULX, Jean. DUSAULX, Jean. ~ De la Passion du jeu, depuis les temps anciens jusqu’a nos jours. Paris: De l’Imprimerie de Monsieur, 1779.
    First edition of this comprehensive study of the sociology of gambling by French writer and self-confessed ex-gambler Jean Dusaulx (1728-1799). Gambling was deeply-rooted in French… (more)

    First edition of this comprehensive study of the sociology of gambling by French writer and self-confessed ex-gambler Jean Dusaulx (1728-1799). Gambling was deeply-rooted in French society, especially in Paris, where all classes (including the court) were obsessed with card games and lotteries. Dusaulx sought to analyse this craze and to point out the moral depravity which it both reflected and encouraged. He includes numerous anecdotes to illustrate the irrationality of the gambler, making De la Passion du Jeu an important account of this aspect of the social history of pre-Revolutionary France.

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